Dual European para-equestrian dressage gold medalist Natasha Baker has been promoted onto the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) World Class Performance Programme.

The 21-year-old from Uxbridge, west London, took individual gold in both the Grade II test and freestyle to music in Moorsele, Belgium earlier this month (2-4 September).

Her promotion from the Development Programme means that she now joins eight other elite para-equestrian athletes in the UK Sport funded squad.

Natasha, who rode Cabral at the championships, said: “The World Class Development Programme has been such a huge support to me since I was selected onto it almost ten-years-ago — I could not have got to where I am today without its help.

“I’m now really looking forward to joining the other riders on the Performance squad with the aim of furthering my medal success.”

Equestrian performance director at the BEF Will Connell said: “Natasha is focused and professional and I believe has made the best possible use of the support available through the Development Programme.”